Santa Margarita River Trail

MODERATE 404 reviews

Santa Margarita River Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fallbrook, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.2 miles 879 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

I-15 N to Fallbrook exit. Take Mission Rd. 5 mi. E; turn N onto Pico Ave. (becomes De Luz Rd.). Continue 2.4 mi.; go R @ fork onto Sandia Creek Dr. N. Parking area is in 1 mi. (just before bridge); trailhead is E of lot.

19 hours ago

2 days ago

Alot of poison oak nice walk

4 days ago

5 days ago

Nice Trail with lots of shade along the river. Very little elevation gain normal running shoes or trail shoes are Ok.

5 days ago

7 days ago

11 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Very nice trail, super shady for a hot trail like today. Beautiful river! I live in fallbrook and had no idea we had such a pretty spot to hike so close. Will definitely be going again.

hiking
12 days ago

I'm a middle aged female and this was an awesome walk. Not exhausting but still a nice workout.

hiking
13 days ago

13 days ago

My stars are not accurate as this may very well be a great trail, however, it was washed out from the recent rain and closed today.

15 days ago

20 days ago

Very easy trail. Took our dog and she had a good time. Went on a Saturday morning and it was kinda busy. The water was really pretty. Only downfall was I noticed a lot of dog poop on the trail.

20 days ago

walking
22 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

My husband and I and our black lab enjoyed this great nature walk/hike today. Lots of shade, possibility of loops and slightly off paths available if you want to make the hike longer. Few rocky areas that need some stability. Many hiked it with their children on their back. Beautiful flowing water and so green. Recommend bringing bug spray! The rain brought tons of mosquitos. Parking is on the main road. Overall great!

1 month ago

1 month ago

Super fun! Super easy (would consider it more of a nature walk than a hike)! Great for the whole family! Awesome place to spend the day having a picnic and swimming in the river.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful area ~ great for families, couples or solo adventure. Relied on GPS to pick the right trail a few times, signage could be improved.
We saw 2 coyotes exploring at 2PM. Keep those dogs on leashes, especially the small ones.